Israeli Online Attack Service ‘vDOS’ Earned $600,000 in Two Years

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SEP 16Israeli Online Attack Service ‘vDOS’ Earned $600,000 in Two YearsvDOS — a “booter” service that has earned in excess of $600,000 over the past two years helping customers coordinate more than 150,000 so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks designed to knock Web sites offline — has been massively hacked, spilling secrets about tens of thousands of paying customers and their targets.The vDOS database, obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.com at the end of July 2016, points to two young men in Israel as the principal owners and masterminds of the attack service, with support services coming from several young hackers in the United States.The vDos home page.To say that vDOS has been responsible for a majority of the DDoS attacks clogging up the Internet over the past few years would be an understatement. The various subscription packages…
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From damage to discovery via virtual unwrapping: Reading the scroll from En-Gedi

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From damage to discovery via virtual unwrapping: Reading the scroll from En-GediWilliam Brent Seales1,*, Clifford Seth Parker1, Michael Segal2, Emanuel Tov2, Pnina Shor3 and Yosef Porath3+ Author Affiliations↵*Corresponding author. Email: seales@uky.eduScience Advances  21 Sep 2016:Vol. 2, no. 9, e1601247DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601247ArticleFigures & DataInfo & MetricseLetters PDFAbstractComputer imaging techniques are commonly used to preserve and share readable manuscripts, but capturing writing locked away in ancient, deteriorated documents poses an entirely different challenge. This software pipeline—referred to as “virtual unwrapping”—allows textual artifacts to be read completely and noninvasively. The systematic digital analysis of the extremely fragile En-Gedi scroll (the oldest Pentateuchal scroll in Hebrew outside of the Dead Sea Scrolls) reveals the writing hidden on its untouchable, disintegrating sheets. Our approach for recovering substantial ink-based text from a damaged object results in readable columns at such high quality that serious critical textual analysis…
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